Digital & Creative Business Briefing March- April 19

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13. Mar 2019

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Digital & Creative Business Briefing March- April 19

  1. Digital & Creative Business Briefing March-April 2019
  2. Content • Funding competitions • Support programmes • Upcoming events • Investment • Networks • Get in touch
  3. Funding – Last Call Innovate UK Audience of The Future: Investor Accelerator Applications deadline for investors: 27th March noon 2019 Innovate UK is looking for UK investors to apply to combine grant funding with investment in UK immersive tech companies. The Audience of the Future Investor Accelerator aims to encourage and support investment in innovative immersive technology in the UK’s creative industries, including content, products, services, software and hardware. It will work by providing simultaneous grant funding and venture capital investment in early-stage projects led by UK companies. READ MORE AND APPLY
  4. Funding Digital health technology catalyst round 4: collaborative R&D Applications deadline for investors: 10th April noon 2019 UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop new digital health solutions. Projects can use the services of the NICE DataLab to help with real world data. Aligned with both the Industrial Strategy and the Accelerated Access Review, the aims of this competition are to: • address major healthcare challenges • grow the UK digital healthcare industry through the innovative use of digital technologies • develop solutions for either clinical or non-clinical use Total eligible costs can be between £300,000 and £1 million READ MORE AND APPLY
  5. Funding Innovate UK Business Basics 2: Boosting SME Productivity Applications deadline: 17th April noon 2019 A share of up to £2 million is available for to run proof of concept or build evidence on how to encourage SMEs to adopt productivity boosting technology or management practices. Proof of Concept – you can apply for up to £60,000 Business Led Trials – you can apply for up to £400,000 Non-business Led Trials – you can apply for up to £400,000 READ MORE AND APPLY
  6. Funding Innovate UK Smart Grants Applications deadline: 24th April noon 2019 Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £20 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy. All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy. Whilst projects that overlap with the grand challenge areas are welcome, working in these areas is not a requirement to be eligible. Duration between 6 and 18 months: total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £500,000 (single company or collaboration). Duration between 19 and 36 months: total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £2 million (collaboration only). READ MORE AND APPLY
  7. Funding Innovate UK Demonstrators addressing Cyber Security challenges in the Internet of Things Applications deadline: 1st May noon 2019 UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £6 million for collaborative R&D projects addressing major cyber security challenges in the Internet of Things. The aim of this competition is to solve industry-focused major cyber security-related challenges in the Internet of Things (IoT). Your proposal must address at least one of the following themes: • Operational resilience technologies for the protection and recovery of data in IoT. • Intelligent control systems for industry, and commercial and public sector buildings to ensure critical systems function as they were designed. • Intelligently protecting the occupants and the systems of the digital home. Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £2.5 million and £4 million and you can request up to £2 million grant. READ MORE AND APPLY
  8. Funding Innovate UK - UK and Canada: enhancing industrial productivity Registration deadline: 2nd May noon 2019 Application deadline: 9th May noon 2019 UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop innovative technologies targeting global markets with Canadian partners. This competition provides innovation research and development (R&D) grant funding for projects aimed at enhancing industrial productivity. Proposals from advanced manufacturing businesses, food and drink processers, and automation and artificial intelligence (AI) innovators, including those applying ‘AI for design’ techniques are welcomed. You must focus on one of these 2 themes: - Enabling technologies - Enhanced productivity Maximum grant of up to £200,000 for UK applicants READ MORE AND APPLY
  9. Funding Innovate UK - UK and South Korea: joint research and development Registration deadline: 5th June noon 2019 Application deadline : 12th June noon 2019 The UK and South Korea announce a joint funding competition for R&D projects under the EUREKA programme. UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million. Proposals must focus on one or both of the following technology areas: - Advanced materials for transport (air, land and maritime), with a focus on materials development - Internet of Things (IoT), with a clearly-identified industrial or sector application For Internet of Things, projects using emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence or blockchain are particularly welcome Total eligible costs between £100,000 and £1 million READ MORE AND APPLY
  10. Funding European Space Agency (ESA) Blockchain Kick-Start Applications deadline : 8th April 2019 Kick-start Activities elaborate the business opportunity and the technical viability of new applications and services exploiting one or more space assets (e.g. Satellite Communications, Satellite Navigation, Earth Observation, Human Space Flight Technology). This call for Kick-start Activities is dedicated to the theme "Blockchain", which means that the call is open to companies which intend to develop applications making use of Blockchain /DLT in different industry sectors. Kick-start Activities resulting from thematic calls are funded at 75% by the Agency for a maximum amount of €60K per contract. (Equity free) READ MORE AND APPLY
  11. Funding Ufi Charitable Trust VocTech Specialist Fund Applications deadline: 5th April 2019 5pm £50,000 - £300,000 funding available The VocTech Specialist Fund is a challenge-led call looking to fund projects that can tackle the vocational skills issues that arise from the way that work is changing. Ufi Charitable Trust is looking for projects that are firmly based on identified skills needs, that can help tackle the persistence of low skill: low wage employment - and support those ​disproportionally impacted by the way work is changing. All projects must be employment-led, learner driven READ MORE AND APPLY
  12. Support programmes – Last Call CRL Accelerator Application Deadline: 16th March £5,000 Investment 3% equity. A portion of the support is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and this is not connected with the 3% option. The CRL’s 6-month Accelerator programme is for technology startups developing physical products and designed to help startups: - Interpret what your customers really want and what value your product brings - Understand how to get your product manufactured at the right cost and set-up supply chains for scale - Understand how to gain the hardware-specific funding you need, from grants to crowdfunding and angel investors READ MORE AND APPLY
  13. Support programmes – Last Call DLT Labs Bootcamp Application Deadline: 18th March Bootcamp dates : 29th-31st March Do you have an idea how blockchain can shape your industry? Join the DLT Bootcamp to launch your idea in a weekend. The number of participants at DLT_Labs Bootcamp is kept to under 20 to ensure everyone has plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get meaningful advice. This is a completely free event, supported by the UK Government. READ MORE AND APPLY
  14. Support programmes TechStars London Accelerator Programme Application deadline: 7th April 2019 Techstars provides Accelerator portfolio companies with access to financial, human and intellectual capital to fuel the success of their business. Upon acceptance to a Techstars Accelerator, every company is offered a $100,000 convertible note. Techstars contributes $20,000, which is commonly used as a stipend to support living expenses during the program, and in return receives 6% common stock from each company. READ MORE
  15. Support programmes International Music Summit IMS Accelerator Application Deadline: 15th April 2019 IMS dates: 22nd-24th May 2019 Ibiza IMS Accelerator is a brand new platform aiming to spotlight and support the next wave of innovative music business start-ups. Three successful start-up applicants will win ‘IMS Delegate Badges’ to IMS 2019 taking place on Wednesday 22nd – Friday 24th May at the Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza. READ MORE AND APPLY
  16. Support programmes LORCA: Cyber Scaling Programme Application Deadline: 15th April 2019 LORCA is a joint collaboration between Plexal, CSIT and Deloitte. It’s funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy. LORCA’s mission is to support the most promising cybersecurity innovators in scaling and growing solutions to meet industry’s biggest challenges, while building the UK’s international cybersecurity profile. READ MORE
  17. Support programmes Govstart UK Accelerator Programme Application Deadline: 18th April 2019 Programme dates: July 1st - December 20th 2019 GovStart is a sixth-month growth programme, run by PUBLIC, to help tech startups transform the public sector. The programme take startups at different stages and in various sectors, working with products that have powerful public sector applications, and provide them with the tailored support, strategy and networks READ MORE
  18. Upcoming events IoT, Cyber, Cloud, AI, Blockchain Tech Expo 25th- 26th April, London Digital Business Meet-Up 2nd May, London Keep up-to-date with KTN events here Immersive and Digital Business Meet-Up 20th March, Bath Women in Innovation: Building Success 20th March, Belfast Competition Briefing Event 5G 27th March, London Digital Business Meet-up STFC 5th April, Science Tech Park, Daresbury Innovate UK in the South East 10th April, Brighton
  19. Investment Private Investment Directory – Digital Refer Digital Refer now includes more than 250 organisations that provide private investment to digital and creative businesses in the UK including: • Accelerator programmes • Business incubators • Start-up studios • Venture Capital funds • Angel investor networks • Corporate Venture Capital firm LINK
  20. Networks: Immerse UK • Augmented and Virtual Reality Independent Network • Bringing together businesses, public sector & research • Free to Join • Learn more about Immersive Tech developments • Help shape UK funding & research policy • Showcase your ideas & identify funding opportunities • Make business connections & form collaborative partnerships
  21. Networks: UK5G • Promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK • Share the knowledge and lessons of 5G Testbeds & Trials projects • Enable new partnerships between technologists, potential new entrants and major industrial adopters • Support local (and international) investment opportunities
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